DEME concentrates all German activities in Bremen
Zwijndrecht, Belgium, 7 May 2015 – The DEME group is confirming its strong interest in the German market and will be concentrating all its German activities in Bremen.
For almost 50 years, different companies of the DEME Group have been active in Germany in maintenance dredging projects and marine engineering activities. DEME’s GeoSea has been involved in the installation of eight German offshore wind farms.
DEME is currently installing the foundations for the Gode Wind offshore wind farms for the account of DONG Energy. The Gode Wind offshore wind farms are located in the German Bight, 45 km from the shore.
Moreover, in October 2014, GeoSea announced the take-over of the offshore assets of HOCHTIEF.
Very recently, at the end of March, DEME entered into a partnership with Nordsee Offshore MEG I GmbH to co-develop the MEG I offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.
The group now confirms it will concentrate all its German activities at the Bremen headquarters. This operation has already started with the move of the Baltic 2 Project Team from Rostock to Bremen. DEME will have up to 100 people in the Bremen offices as from the next months.
The Senator for Economics, Labour and Ports, Martin Günthner welcomes the commitment of the DEME Group in Bremen: "The intensive discussions which we have had in recent weeks, have come to a successful conclusion. The settlement of DEME proves that the state of Bremen is an ideal place for the offshore industry. For the development of our economy offshore remains of great importance. For this, the commitment of this strong company makes an important contribution. "
Alain Bernard, CEO DEME Group confirms: "Bremen - with its rich maritime tradition and its central location - offers us all required facilities. The constructive discussions with ‘BIS Bremerhavener Gesellschaft für Investitionsförderung und Stadtentwicklung mbH’ have convinced us of the multiple opportunities the city and port can provide. The plans for an offshore terminal in Bremerhaven offers perspectives to bring our vessels here for loading and maintenance and to organize our logistics for all offshore windfarms in Germany".
DEME’s core business of dredging and land reclamation is supplemented by diversified activities that address different strategic drivers and future global challenges: complex hydraulic projects at sea, services to oil and gas firms, the installation of offshore wind farms, environmental activities such as soil remediation and sediment recycling, revalidation of brownfield sites and wreck clearance. Its multi-disciplinary know-how and experience have allowed the DEME Group to grow into a global solutions provider. The Group owns one of the most modern, high-tech and versatile fleets for dredging and hydraulic engineering activities. Active since 1852, the Group's solutions have never been more relevant than today, and this is reflected in its key figures: DEME employs 4,600 people worldwide and realised a turnover of EUR 2.58 billion in 2014.